Man on plane stopped from using bathroom; spent 2 nights in jail

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Meesh
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   


Basically, the guy needed to use a bathroom BAD (and we've all been there). He was flying coach and a drinks cart blocked the aisle. The attendant refused to let him access the bathroom. He tried to wait it out, but finally decided to use the business class bathroom when he felt things getting, shall we say, imminent. The flight attendant put up her arm to stop him from using the bathroom. His side is he just pushed by and used the bathroom, her side is he twisted her arm and pushed her down. When the plane landed he was arrested and jailed for two nights. Charges may yet be filed.

This is a huge fear of mine when flying, that I won't be able to access the bathroom if needed. I never thought that trying to access the bathroom could land me in jail!! All you need is an unsympathetic flight attendant (and with the stress they are all under nowadays, most of them are) and you could be facing an embarrassing nightmare. Almost worse than the couple of days in jail, the guy's name is all over the news feeds. I heard the story on Fox and Friends while waiting for a car repair this morning. Poor guy!!

Meesh

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Yikes. That is my fear as well. However, I have had luck being a coach passenger and using the business bathroom. On one of my latest flights the cart was in the way and I asked that it be moved and the f/a told me that she wasn't allowed to move the car herself (they are required to have two people control it). She said it would be just a second. It took about 4 minutes (which we know can feel like an eternity) but it was moved for me. To avoid this, just pay the extra fee to pick your seat online and pick one right near the bathoom so the cart can't really block your way for more than a minute.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
PS: I find that kindness and politeness goes a long way. I am a small blonde young female and I thinkI can look more sympathetic and pathetic and desperate than maybe a freaking out larger sweaty man for example. It is not fair at all but I think it makes me seem less pushy and more needy.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


suebear
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
If you ever think that flying would be an issue then it's best to announce your concerns to the head flight attendent when you board. Explain your illness and need to get to a bathroom if needed. They will accommodate you. I feel for this man but based on everyone's alert status when flying, how are they to know he's just not some whacko?

If I ever have to sit at a window or middle seat I always tell the aisle person that I use the restroom more than the average person and that I am sorry if I inconvenience them. Fortunately since I don't have UC anymore I don't have to inform the flight attendants.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


geminisunset
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   Posted 4/14/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my. I'm flying to Hawaii next month and never even thought about the cart blocking my way! I've thought about lines, or turbulence, etc. But I never thought about not being able to physically get to the bathroom. I think I'll be informing th flight attendents when I get on the plane so they are aware of my issues.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


jujub
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   Posted 4/14/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
You actually can request accomodation in seating when you reserve your seat. Tell the airline of your issues and that you need the seat closest to one of the bathrooms on the plane. They will accommodate you.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
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basa0806
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   Posted 4/14/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
That's when I would whip out the 'I can't wait' card my GI office sent. What an awful situation to be in!
Sam(antha)
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Peety
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   Posted 4/14/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Check seatguru.com to know where the bathrooms are on your plane type before you select your seat.

Judy, I don't know how you can request accommodation or tell the airline anything in this age of making reservations online. No one answers the phones anymore!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Flaring, seasonal? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 30 after several really bad days. Humira denied, waiting for approval to start Remicade. 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/14/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=1445671&p=1

Another thread on the topic - just consolidating.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
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quincy
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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
It doesn't say if he waited to go to the bathroom....it also doesn't say if he had to pee or poo.

I agree with the statement that if one has bowel issues to let the attendants know ahead of time...

Consider the fact that anyone can lie....and on a plane with someone wanting access to the front of the plane....

I don't know what I would have done in a desperate state, but I would have at least told the attendant quietly that I was urgent need and that if I could be accompanied to another bathroom it would be appreciated.

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


subdued
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   Posted 4/15/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps the guy didn't know ahead of time that he was going to have any bathroom issues on the plane. Even people who don't have Colitis issues may get the runs once in awhile, especially when they are visiting new places.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


quincy
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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
It would be a smelly plane.

I would probably panic initially and wish I had taken imodium or had some on me.

My butt cheeks would be well toned by the end of the flight....

Or, I'd try laying with my arse in the air.

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Scorpion24
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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
well I hate flying in the first place, now I just have one more reason to lol
Born with Ricketts (Feb, 1990) --beat it--
Diagnosed with Proctosigmoiditis (March, 09) --beating the 'crap' out of it--

Current status: flare-up


FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/15/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Saw, I tend to use the restroom before take off to ensure it is indeed there and working. I have been in the airport when they announce prior to boarding that the planes restrooms will not be functioning. It has never been my flight but if it were I would inform the gate people why I couldn't fly on that flight and ask to me moved onto the next one with a working restroom. If I was already mid air and they all broke I would ask for a garbage bag, enter the bathroom, go in the garbage bag, and leave it there until landing...
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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